What this all reveals is a deep split within us. We are split against ourselves, and we are split against the world. This is the root of so much of the tension in our lives that breeds sadness, dissatisfaction, anxiety, fear, greed, envy, war, and more. If our power comes from what other people think of us, we will live our lives at the whim of others, waiting for their approval in order to be happy. If our power is something we must fight for and assert over others, then we will always be at odds with life to be sure we get what we feel we need.
The truth is, your power is yours. It is limited only by your own willingness to let it move through you. It is not something to earn or extract, and it cannot be taken away or lost. We can, however, give it away to other people. We can give our power over to someone and anxiously await their approval to get it back, but never in full. Or we can rest in the peace of knowing that our power is our own and share the fruits of it with all who we meet without fear of running out.